Recent Events
Closed-Door Discussion on Japan’s Security Policy

By HE Amb. Jun Jun Shimmi, Ambassador of UN Affairs and Cyber Policy and Deputy Director General, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

[By Invitation Only]

Date: 26 March 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur

ISIS International Affairs Forum - ‘The Fed’s Tapering: Economic and Strategic Impact from Advanced Economies to Emerging Asia’

By Dr Dan Steinbock, Research Director of International Business, India, China and America Institute, USA; Visiting Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China, and Visiting Fellow, EU Center, Singapore

Date: 11 April 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur

As the Fed's tapering has begun, the United States is amid a slow but fragile recovery. Despite some gains, the debt crisis still overshadows growth prospects in Europe. In Japan the reform momentum will be tested in April. In turn, China seeks solid single-digit growth amid massive reforms, while trying to contain rising local debt and shaky property markets. After the great monetary reversal, emerging markets, too, have suffered from substantial capital outflows and, in some cases, increasing political turmoil. What is the impact of the Fed's tapering on the Asia's economic, political and security prospects? How will US and Chinese rebalancing, as well as ASEAN integration, influence these prospects? These are some of the central themes of Dr Steinbock's presentation.

Download Presentation Materials:

  1. The Fed's Tapering
  2. Time to take Sino-EU relations to a new level
  3. Europe's recovery depends on Renzi's Italy
  4. Politics undermining Japan's economic rejuvenation
  5. Reforms at a 'critical juncture'
  6. Emerging markets turmoil:Quit overreacting
  7. Dan Steinbock : Biography
ISIS International Affairs Forum: ‘Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future’

By Mr Timothy Beardson, Author - Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future

Date: 9 April 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur


The book addresses the future of China during the 21st century. It particularly deals with the issue whether China’s growth can continue, whether it will eventually replace the US as the superpower and what are the challenges to the rise. Topics introduced include whether China can go from low-cost manufacturing to innovation, whether it can rescue its environment, the current dysfunctionality of the financial system, the consequences of a defective welfare structure, the evolving role of the Communist Party and, especially, the impact of a looming demographic crisis. The narrative also confronts issues such as the role in Africa, cyber hostility, relationships with neighbours, China’s behaviour in the world and its future use of power. The theme of the book is to explore how and to what extent these issues will affect China’s present rapid pace of development.

Closed-Door Discussion: ‘India’s Enhanced Look East Policy’
By Mr Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi

Date: 17 March 2014
Venue: ISIS Malaysia

Roundtable Discussion with Amb Wendy R Sherman

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, US Department of State

Date: 6 March 2014
Venue: ISIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Closed-Door with Dr Jon Alterman

Middle East Program, CSIS US

Date: 28 February 2014
Venue: ISIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘Climate Change and the Nexus of Water, Food and Energy Security’

By Sir David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, United Kingdom

[By Invitation Only]

Date:18 February 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Jointly organized by the British High Commission and ISIS Malaysia.


  1. Climate Change and the Nexus of Water, Food and Energy Security by Professor Sir David King
  2. Impacts of climate change on environmental security in Malaysia by Dato’ Sri Dr James Dawos Mamit
Malaysia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST): Possible Lessons from the United Kingdom and Singapore

Date: 26 February 2014
Venue: Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur



The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak announced the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) beginning 1 April 2015 during the tabling of the 2014 Budget on 25 October 2013. The implementation will provide Malaysia the significant steps towards fiscal sustainability and becoming a part of the national economic reforms which will support economic stability and development. As Malaysia is relatively new in the area of tax reform, this forum brings UK and Singapore practitioners to share experiences and possible lessons, both positive and negative, of the Value-Added Tax and sets the stage for a lively and productive discussion on the introduction of GST in Malaysia. The forum is relevant to all sectors of Malaysia society including GST policymakers, implementers and practitioners, as well as interested members of the public.

Admission by Registration Fee.

Papers Available:
Session 1: VAT in the UK by Mr Andrew Webb [pdf]
Session 2.1:Goods and Services Tax by Subromaniam Tholasy [pdf]
Session 2.3: Are Consumption Taxes Really More Efficient and Resilient? by Dr Lim Kim Hwa [pdf]

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